More online concerts and festival updates

I hope you all had a good Easter despite the lockdown. The online festivals (such as Folk on Foot which raised over £90,000 to help artists and Folks at Home) and concerts by superb artists including the wonderful and very brave Miranda Sykes certainly helped me cope over the weekend.

The thing that made me smile more than anything else was a highly creative video of dancing mice by Chris Short of The Churchfitters – using his time effectively while in lockdown in France. See this on Facebook

Here’s some more news about the folk world:

  • Today is the last day of the Gate to Southwell Festival fundraising campaign.You can donate here.  They are trying to cover the losses made because of the cancellation of the 2020 festival and if you donate, you’d be part of an amazing group of people helping the festival push forward to 2021. Their losses are actually higher than their fundraising target but they’re exploring other routes for funding (like the Arts Council) as they’re not eligible for any of the Government schemes because they are a not-for-profit organisation, and don’t have staff who could be furloughed (they’re all volunteers) or business premises
  • Towersey Festival (which is family run and the oldest festival in the country) also has a crowdfunder running (you can donate here).  They have already spent considerable amounts of money which they will not be able to recoup and for which there is no insurance cover in this global catastrophe
  • Chris While and Julie Matthews are doing a second online ‘Live in the Lounge’ concert on Facebook on Friday 17 April at 7.30pm (and have hinted that they will do a third one soon too)
  • Steve Knightley has numerous posts of performances, music lessons and even a glimpse of his lovely wife in a shortie nightie!! on his Facebook page, YouTube and the Official Show of Hands Page
  • Phil Beer has announced that he will be recording a performance for streaming soon (technology and internet issues prevent him doing a live gig just now)
  • Cormac Byrne is doing free online bodhran lessons via his Facebook page
  • Emily Slade, Simon Care, Tim Edey, Daria Kulesh and Daoiri Farrell are (separately!) doing concerts from their homes
  • Ciaran Algar launched his Patreon in late March – various tiers include access to exclusive videos of songs and tunes, fiddle tutorial videos, personalised shoutouts and even some hand-drawn artwork.  See his Facebook page for details and also news of his #ciaranscoronacollabs with many other talented musicians
  • Ninebarrow are doing a second concert from their dining room on Saturday 2 May on Facebook at 7.30pm BST.

Plus numerous other artists doing amazing things all over the internet – sadly too many to mention. Just look for your favourite artists on YouTube, Facebook etc and you will find more than enough music to lift your spirits.

I’m sorry to tell you that yet more festivals have been cancelled:

  • Warwick Folk Festival – postponed until 22-25 July 2021.
  • Wychwood Folk Festival – postponed until 4-6 June 2021
  • Cambridge Folk Festival – postponed until 2021

and sadly I fear they will not be the last to take this drastic but necessary step to safeguard everyone involved.

That’s all for now folks – if you have any news you want Unicorn Magazine to help publicise, please email me at unicornmagazine@hotmail.co.uk

Stay safe and keep yourselves and the music alive.

Unicorn Magazine Issue 149 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 149 is now out!

I’m delighted to say that Issue 149 of Unicorn Magazine (January, February and March 2020) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable / readable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please note that for the best and most reliable user experience, we recommend that when possible you download the PDF to your device and view it that way, rather than trying to view it directly online via a browser etc.

Download Issue 149 here >>

 

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Unicorn Magazine Issue 148 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 148 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 148 of Unicorn Magazine (October, November & December 2019) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable / readable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please note that for the best and most reliable user experience, we recommend that when possible you download the PDF to your machine and view it that way, rather than trying to view it directly online via a browser etc.

Download Issue 148 here >>

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues…

For example, there are already two amends / additions to the printed version:

On the Sessions page (page 6), Monday night at Stevenage should read:

  • STEVENAGE • The Marquis of Lorne (upstairs) (2nd, 8pm): Gary Moyle, 07960 953778 ‘Marquis of Lorne, Stevenage, folk session’ FB group

On the Shall We Dance page (page 8), the following dance has been committed:

  • October 19: Autumn Dance, Portland Duo with caller Colin Hume. St Andrews Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford. MK40 2PF. 01234 825574 • BFD

Unicorn Magazine Issue 147 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 147 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 147 of Unicorn Magazine (July, August & September 2019) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable / readable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please note that for the best and most reliable user experience, we recommend that when possible you download the PDF to your machine and view it that way, rather than trying to view it directly online via a browser etc.

Download Issue 147 here >>

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 146 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 146 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 146 of Unicorn Magazine (May, June & July 2019) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable / readable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please note that for the best and most reliable user experience, we recommend that when possible you download the PDF to your machine and view it that way, rather than trying to view it directly online via a browser etc.

Download Issue 146 here >>

Please also remember to sign up to our mailing list and read this blog for amends in between issues…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 145 is now out…

Unicorn Magazine Issue 145 is now out!

Just to say that Issue 145 of Unicorn Magazine (January, February & March 2019) is now out! It is instantly available online as a downloadable / readable PDF from the usual places (our website, ISSUU etc), and the hard copies should be being distributed now.

Please note that for the best and most reliable user experience, we recommend that when possible you download the PDF to your machine and view it that way, rather than trying to view it directly online via a browser etc.

Download Issue 145 here>>

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Unicorn Magazine Issue 125 is now out!

2014 gets off to a brisk start, with the launch of Unicorn Magazine Issue 125.

Unicorn Magazine Issue 125

Unicorn Magazine Issue 125

At 48 pages this is our biggest issue to-date, packed with a wealth of interesting articles and ads for folk music / folk arts in our area.

Download the free electronic version here, or visit our main website for more details >>

You can also download the full-colour A4 poster for 125 here, designed to encourage people to take a copy of the magazine… (or just collect the set for your wall!)

125 A4 poster

125 A4 poster